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Ocean Species Declining at Unprecedent Rates, According to UN Report

More than 40% of amphibian species, almost 33% of reforming corals and more than a third of all marine mammals are threatened, according to a new report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the summary of which was approved at the 7th session of the IPBES Plenary, meeting (29 April – 4 May, 2019) in Paris.

NEAT—A Satellite-Based Technique to Keep an Eye on Growing Eutrophication Threat

Eutrophication happens when excessive nutrients from agricultural, industrial and urban wastes enter the seas, leading to serious disruption of marine ecosystems, damage to vital sea habitats and the spread of harmful algal blooms, commonly known as red tides. Nearly half of the world’s population lives within 100 km of a coast—an estimated 41 per cent of the global ocean is strongly affected by land-based human activities.

NOAA Announces $94 Million Ocean Exploration Institute

The University of Rhode Island will lead a new $94 million consortium to support ocean exploration, responsible resource management, improved scientific understanding of the deep sea and strengthen the nation's Blue Economy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced May 6.

Robots and Artificial Intelligence Help Scientists to Understand the Deep-Sea

Artificial intelligence (AI) could help scientists shed new light on the variety of species living on the ocean floor, according to new research led by the University of Plymouth.

How Sea Level Rise Affects Birds in Coastal Forests

When saltwater inundates coastal forests as sea levels rise, it kills salt-sensitive trees, leaving "ghost forests" of bare snags behind. A new study from North Carolina State University explores how changes in vegetation affect coastal bird species.

Radioactive Carbon from Nuclear Bomb Tests Found in Deep Ocean Trenches

Radioactive carbon released into the atmosphere from 20th-century nuclear bomb tests has reached the deepest parts of the ocean, new research finds.

A UN Ocean Science Decade to Meet the Needs of All

Last week, the first Global Planning Meeting ended after three days of lively discussions with over 200 participants from science, academia, policy, communication and private sector organizations brainstorming on how to achieve the six key Decade outcomes by 2030: a clean ocean, a healthy and resilient ocean, a safe ocean, a sustainable and productive ocean, a predicted ocean and a transparent and accessible ocean.

Australian Islands Home to 414 Million Pieces of Plastic Pollution

A survey of plastic pollution on Australia's Cocos (Keeling) Islands has revealed the territory's beaches are littered with an estimated 414 million pieces of plastic debris.

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